Johnny O’Bryant Named an NBA D-League All-Star

By Jacob Withee | February 6, 2017

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. — The NBA Development League announced today that current Denver Nuggets and former Northern Arizona Suns forward/center Johnny O’Bryant has been named an NBA D-League All-Star.

O’Bryant played in 24 games (all starts) with the Suns this season and posted averages of 18.4 points on 46.0 percent shooting and 8.6 rebounds in 32.2 minutes per game.

The 6-foot 9-inch, 257-pound Louisiana State product also achieved 10 double-doubles for NAZ.

O’Bryant was one of 12 players named to the NBA D-League Western Conference All-Star team, joining Sioux Falls’ Keith Benson, Briante Weber and Okaro White, Los Angeles’ Vander Blue, Justin Harper and Josh Magette,  Santa Cruz’s Dennis Clifford, Texas’ Pierre Jackson, Austin’s Cory Jefferson, Oklahoma City’s Dakari Johnson and Iowa’s JaKarr Sampson. O’Bryant is one of six players named a D-League All-Star who is currently on an NBA roster, as Weber, White, Yogi Ferrell, Ray McCallum and Chris McCullough are also playing at the highest level.

The NBA D-League All-Star game presented by Kumho Tire will take place on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 12:30 p.m. at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The game will be televised on NBA TV.

The 2017 NBA D-League All-Stars were selected by a combined vote of the league’s 22 head coaches and all players in the league on Jan. 29. Players must be on an active NBA D-League roster at the time of the All-Star Game to participate. The league will replace any injured or ineligible players prior to the game.

O’Bryant was called up by the Nuggets on Jan. 26, and he agreed to a second 10-day contract with Denver today. He has scored seven points in 16 minutes in the two games he’s played for Denver this season.

He was the 11th D-League player at the time and first Suns player in team history to earn a GATORADE Call-Up.

The former Suns’ forward enjoyed a big season while with Northern Arizona. He was named the NBA D-League Performer of the Week for games played Jan. 9-15, when he averaged 24.0 points, 17.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.5 blocks per game that week.

He was also named a NBA D-League Showcase Honorable Mention for his performance in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

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